Nerja is a picturesque coastal resort town located 50 kilometres east of Málaga city. The town of Nerja is on the border between Málaga and Granada provinces. It is one of the few destinations on the Costa del Sol that has preserved its traditional charm and character, without succumbing to mass tourism and over development. With its stunning beaches, spectacular caves, charming old town and lively nightlife, Nerja is a perfect place to enjoy the best of Andalusia.

How to get there

Nerja is easily accessible by car, bus or taxi from Málaga airport, which is about an hour’s drive away. You can also take a train from Málaga to Torre del Mar and then a bus to Nerja. If you are driving, you can take the A-7 coastal highway and enjoy the scenic views along the way. The distance from Nerja to Costa del Sol is about 79 kilometres. It takes about an hour to get there by car¹.

What to see and do

Nerja has plenty of attractions and activities to suit all tastes and ages. Here are some of the highlights:

  • The Balcón de Europa: This is a large promenade that extends from the old town to a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. It offers panoramic views of the coast and the mountains, as well as a variety of cafes, restaurants and shops. It is also a popular spot for street performers and festivals.
  • The Caves of Nerja: These are a series of natural caves that were discovered in 1959 by a group of local boys. They contain impressive stalactites, stalagmites and rock formations, as well as prehistoric paintings and fossils. The caves are open to the public and offer guided tours and concerts.
Caves of Nerja Costa del Sol
  • The Beaches: Nerja has 16 kilometres of coastline with 12 different beaches to choose from. Some of the most popular ones are Burriana, Torrecilla, El Salón and Maro. You can enjoy swimming, sunbathing, snorkelling, kayaking, paddle surfing and other water sports on these beaches. You may just want to relax in one of the many chiringuitos (beach bars) that serve fresh seafood and drinks.
  • The Old Town: This is the historic centre of Nerja, where you can find narrow streets, whitewashed houses, colourful flowers and charming squares. You can also visit some of the landmarks such as the Church of El Salvador, the Eagle Aqueduct and the Museum of Nerja. The old town is full of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants where you can sample the local cuisine and culture.
  • The Nightlife: Nerja has a lively nightlife scene with plenty of options for entertainment. You can find pubs, clubs, live music venues, karaoke bars and flamenco shows in different areas of the town. Some of the most popular spots are Plaza Tutti Frutti, Calle Carabeo and Calle Cristo.
Aquaduct of Nerja

Where to stay

Nerja has a wide range of accommodation options for all budgets and preferences. You can find hotels, apartments, villas, hostels and campsites in different locations of the town. Some of the recommended places are:

  • Parador de Nerja: This is a four-star hotel that overlooks Burriana beach and has 98 comfortable rooms with sea views. It also has a swimming pool, a garden, a restaurant and a bar.
  • La Exótica Nerja: This is a three-star hotel that is located in a quiet area near the centre of Nerja. It has 18 spacious rooms with balconies, air conditioning and free Wi-Fi. It also has a terrace, a solarium and a breakfast service².
  • Hostal Marissal: This is a two-star hostel that is situated on the Balcón de Europa. It has 17 cosy rooms with private bathrooms, air conditioning and free Wi-Fi. It also has a restaurant with sea views and a rooftop terrace.

When to go to Nerja Costa del Sol

Nerja has a mild Mediterranean climate with sunny days and pleasant temperatures throughout the year. The average temperature ranges from 13°C in January to 25°C in August. The best time to visit Nerja depends on your preferences and plans. For people that enjoy beach and water sports, you can go from May to October when the sea is warm and the weather is dry. The more active may prefer to explore the caves and the mountains. The best time to go is from November to April when the crowds are fewer and the nature is more green.

The more vibrant visitors may want to experience the local festivals and events, you can go in January for the Three Kings parade, in February for the Carnival, in March or April for the Holy Week, in May for the San Isidro pilgrimage, in June for the San Juan bonfires, in July for the Virgin del Carmen procession, or in October for the Nerja Fair.

Why Nerja

Nerja is a paradise on the Costa del Sol that offers something for everyone. Nerja is a place where you can enjoy the beauty of nature, the charm of history, the flavour of gastronomy and the fun of nightlife. It is a place where you can relax, explore, discover and enjoy.